Manchester League 29th April 2021 – Bad day at the office for The Relics

The Relics over 70’s and over 65’s were in action in the Manchester League. It was the first game for the over 70’s and the over 65’s were looking to maintain their winning start to the league. Match reports are below.
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Relics Over 70’s 1 Manchester Senior Citizens 2
The Relics over 70’s started their season with an undeserved defeat.
The Relics were on top for most of the first half with the Citizens keeper making some good saves to keep Keiran and the Relics at bay. The Relics started the second half well, but a fourth offence against the Relics meant a penalty for the Citizens. The penalty hit one post, wet across the goal and hit the other post and came out, but the referee controversially gave the goal.
The Relics were awarded a penalty for four offences from the Citizens, but the Citizens keeper just managed to get a hand to John W’s spot kick and as the ball spun back towards the goal the keeper managed to turn and grab the ball before it had chance to get over the line.
The Relics went 0 – 2 down shortly after when a mistake in midfield led to a Citizen player breaking clear and hitting a strong shot that Stewart in the Relics goal had no chance with.
The Relics pushed hard to get back and in the game and pulled a goal back with a superb strike and a well deserved goal from Keiran into the bottom corner. The Relics were on top trying for the equaliser but ran out of time.
Another blow to The Relics was an injury to Pat who had to come off midway through the second half.
Relics: Stewart, Jerry, Peter A, Keiran, John W, Pat, Tony P, Dave M, Bob D. Manager: Keith S

Relics over 65’s 2 – Rochdale Striders 4
The Relics over 65’s were looking to continue their winning start to the league and started brightly with a superb early goal from a difficult tight angle from JoMo to put Relics 1 – 0 up.
JoMo had a hand in the second goal too adding an assist to Ken who’s shot low into the corner beat the Striders keeper.
The Relics could have been 3 – 0 before half time when Graham dummied the keeper to going down early, took the ball to the side and almost chipped the keeper but the keeper recovered to stretch a hand to Grahams goal bound effort keeping it out.
Half time Relics 2 – Rochdale 0.
The game went to pieces for the Relics in the second half, after looking comfortable for most of the game they let the two goal advantage slip. The Striders upped their game and at times it seemed like they had an extra man. The Relics had their chances but the Striders keeper kept everything out.
Relics: Gaz, Bob D, Tex, JoMo, Graham W, Keith H, John C, John W, Ken. Manager: Dave M